research projects

Iterative Labeling Process

Zhiyong Zhang, Samson Braun, Pushyami Kaveti

In this paper, we introduce a robust and cheap way to make training data set for object detection, especially for specialized fields that lack a large data set. The main idea of the Iterative Labeling Process is to train on predictions iteratively. Amazon MTurk is used to correct predictions. Auto-approval is applied to filter the MTurk results, which make the process fully automated. The process can save three times the common labeling cost. Furthermore, it can also complement missing objects and add ”background” labels in any existing data set. Train background labels can effectively reduce false positives.

Towards A COLREGs Compliant Autonomous Surface Vessel

Zhiyong Zhang

In this paper, we look at the role of autonomous navigation in the maritime domain. Specifically, we look at how an Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV) can achieve obstacle avoidance based on the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (1972), or COLREGs, in real-world environments. To mimic conditions found in the marine vessel environment, we examine the case where the ASV is equipped with a broadband marine radar, an Inertial Navigation System (INS), and uses official Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC).

Mobile Grasping & Tele-Operation

Colin Keil

My research is focussed on developing and utilizing a mobile research platform with haptic feedback enabled tele-operation. We are currently in the process of developing and integrating the various systems; a Clearpath Husky mobile platform, a UR5e arm, and custom hydraulic grippers and controllers. Going forward we are interested in exploring mobile manipulation tasks, and using augmented perception schemes to improve the tele-operation experience. Later, we will work to mount a fully custom solution on an underwater robot, using haptic feedback to aide with manipulation tasks in low visibility environments.